Colic is the worst nightmare of all new parents. At just three days old, our daughter began to suffer the tell-tale signs of colic. Not even a week into her little life she would scream inconsolably, from early evening into the small hours of the morning.
As parents, we felt utterly helpless in our quest to make her feel better, nothing we did could make it right. After numerous GP visits where thankfully we were told that she was healthy, we were left to ‘sit’ it out. Our baby continued to suffer until she approached four months of age, when one day the crying and the squirming stopped. When Hubs and I look back on this time, we wish we could have done more. It was an incredibly stressful time for both us and our daughter.
Since then, we have been asked numerous times how we got though colic. What did we do to stop her crying? How did we get her to sleep? Each time I didn’t have the answers people wanted to hear. That was until I read Calming Colic by Christian Bates. This book offers an insight into colic that I only wish I had back then, it would have without a doubt been a completely different story.
In his book, Christian highlights the ten causes of colic including birth trauma, feeding and sleeping environment and the hungry baby. As I read through each point I found myself, with the benefit of hindsight, understanding what my baby had been through and why. Each point that is made is easy to understand, so even if you are a sleep deprived parent with a screaming baby you won’t be baffled by Christian’s words. Throughout his book, he seeks to educate and help parents and in my opinion he is extremely successful in doing this.
The Ten Common Causes of Colic
- Birth trauma.
- Antibiotic use and imbalance in bowel bacteria.
- Maternal separation.
- Growing pains.
- Feeding and sleep environment and routine.
- Foods eaten by the breastfeeding mother.
- Formula fed babies have issues with formula causing colic.
- The mother has digestive issues of her own.
- The mother is deficient in good foods and nutrients.
- Stress in parents.
by Christian Bates
Out of the ten causes it was birth trauma that resonated with Hubs and I most. Had we been asked at the time we would both have denied that my labour was traumatic, but with the knowledge gained from Calming Colic we can’t be sure that it wasn’t traumatic for our baby. The symptoms presented by my daughter, including the arching of her back were classic of babies who had suffered trauma at birth. On reaching the end of the paragraph when Christian stated that these babies often suffer with reflux too, I really felt like I had a light bulb moment! Our daughter suffered terribly with reflux for many months, even after the colic had subsided. The beauty of this book is that is that it offers solutions and routes to treatment that I didn’t know existed back then, this will hopefully save its readers and their families months of living in colicky hell.
Throughout his book Christian leaves no stone unturned, he offers the over anxious and sleep deprived new parent a lifeline when times are at their toughest. As someone who has lived through colic, I would highly recommend reading Christian’s book. It offers an education that every parent needs to get through those early, raw months of parenthood.
You can also head over to the Calming Colic website which is packed full of helpful information.
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